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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

February 5, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. David Runk is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



KALAMAZOO, Mich. _ A Michigan man who pleaded guilty last month to killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber is set to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Jason Dalton is scheduled to receive the mandatory sentence Tuesday in Kalamazoo County. The surprise guilty plea as lawyers and a judge planned for jury selection came Jan. 7 _ nearly three years after he shot eight people at three locations. Four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy were killed. SENT: 140 words, photos. Will be updated from a hearing scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST Tuesday.


DETROIT _ Nicole Foster-Beck asks a lot of the heavy-duty pickup truck she uses on her 43-acre horse farm east of Dallas. Aside from the daily hauling, her 2015 GMC Sierra has to be powerful enough to pull a heavy eight-horse trailer to competitions, yet cushy enough to keep people comfortable on trips as far away as Kentucky. She’s exactly the customer that all three Detroit automakers will be courting this year when they roll out new or substantially updated heavy-duty versions of their trucks. It’s the first time that all three are revamping their heavy-duty trucks at the same time in years, which almost certainly will touch off a battle of ads and specifications. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 610 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Two Detroit police officers have been suspended amid an investigation into racially demeaning comments made during a traffic stop and posted on social media. Officer Gary Steele and an unidentified officer stopped 23-year-old Ariel Moore for driving with an expired license plate last week. They seized the vehicle, leaving Moore to walk one block to her home in the cold and dark. SENT: 140 words.


_ WHITMER-ENERGY SUPPLY: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to study the adequacy of the state’s energy supply and its ability to deliver natural gas, electricity and propane. Whitmer’s request Monday to the Michigan Public Service Commission followed a bitterly cold week, with temperatures dipping well below zero.

_ CHICAGO POLICE-RESIGNATION: A Chicago Police Department sergeant has resigned after being accused of being in a bar fight and committing a sex crime against a teenage boy during a family gathering in Michigan. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL’-mee) says the resignation of former Sgt. Eric J. Elkins took effect Thursday.



The Detroit Pistons visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ No. 9 Michigan State looks to bounce back against Illinois after losing to Indiana. The Spartans are starting to struggle on offense without guard Josh Langford, who is out for the season with a foot injury. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


Michigan plays Rutgers at Louis Brown Athletic Center. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.


Bowling Green plays Western Michigan at University Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


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